Minimum Technical Requirements

Language Tree Online courses are web-based, so there is no software to download. Students and teachers will just need a computer or tablet with a Wi-Fi connection to the internet. Each student should have a headphone or earbuds with a microphone to listen to the video and audio clips without disturbing others and to do the self-recording exercises.

High-speed broadband is highly recommended for an optimal learning experience.

Tip:  If students are experiencing slow downloads, video stoppages, and other interruptions, the issue is probably due to bandwidth limitations.  Please speak with your school or district IT network administrator to see if bandwidth can be increased.

PC
Monitor: Display at least 800 x 600 pixels (1024 x 768 preferred)
Web Browser: Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer

Mac
Monitor: Display at least 800 x 600 pixels (1024 x 768 preferred)
Web Browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, or 7, OS X, Chrome OS, Linux, Raspberry Pi, Android, iOS

Mobile
Students may access their course on their personal mobile device using the Moodle app. They will need to download the app to their devices and use their login credentials to sign in.

Android Phones: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moodle.moodlemobile&hl=en_AU

iPhones: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/moodle/id633359593

Browser Settings

  • Cookies and Javascript should be enabled
  • Pop-up blocking software may need to be disabled to properly access Moodle

Software/Browser Plug-ins

The downloadable instructional routines and activity sheets are in PDF format, so instructors will need a PDF reader to be installed either on the computer or browser.

Listening Device

Each student should have a headset or earbuds that plug into the computer or tablet. A microphone is needed only for recording exercises.

User Technical Skills

To successfully take the online course, students will need some basic computer skills. For example, your students should be able to:

  • Log in using provided credentials (user name and password)
  • Navigate to the designated module and lesson
  • Navigate to the next page
  • Play video and audio clips by clicking on the play icon
  • Increase or decrease audio volume
  • Select an answer from a drop-down menu
  • Select an answer from multiple choices
  • Drag and drop phrases in the correct order using their mouse
  • Submit answers

We suggest you go over these tasks with your students before starting the assessment or lessons.

Student Log In

The following login instructions are for logging in from a web browser. If the Language Tree Online course can be accessed through the school portal (e.g., Clever or ClassLink) with single sign-on authentication, then the student may skip these login steps. In this case, the student would just click on the application tile.

  • Log in using his or her unique username and password. *Note: user names and passwords are case-sensitive.

  • Once logged in, the student can select the appropriate course module from the menu on the left-hand side or click on the name of the module under “My courses”.

Note: The student can always get back to this main page by clicking on Home at the top of the page or on the left-hand navigation menu.

Starting Students on the Program

We highly recommend that you start your students on the ELD 1 Entry Assessments before they begin working on the lessons. Our assessments are designed to inform you of specific language skill gaps that need to be addressed.

Note: Try to allocate about a week to complete the Entry Assessments at the beginning of the school term and a week at the end of the term to complete the Exit Assessments.

  1. Start with having your students take the ELD 1 Entry Assessments buckets listed below. The ELD 2 Entry Assessments should be taken only if the student is a fairly advanced English learner.
    • Foundational Literacy Skills
    • Collaborative Listening & Speaking
    • Language Function & Construction
  2. If a student scores below 90% in any one of the 3 buckets, he or she should proceed with working on the lessons
  3. If a student scores 90% or higher on one or two of the modules, you may elect to have the student skip these module(s). However, it is always good practice for students to review and build confidence by working on modules even if they received a high score.
  4. If a student receives a score of 90% or better across all three ELD 1 modules, he or she should be ready for the higher rigor of Language Tree Online ELD Level 2 (Taking the ELD 2 Assessments at this point is highly recommended).

After completing the lessons and practice assignments in the program, the student should take the Exit Assessments, which are designed to measure growth. Please have the students take only the assessment buckets for which they've also completed the lessons. For example, they would take the Language Function & Construction Exit Assessment if they have completed all or most of the lessons in that module.

Submitting Answers

Once each lesson is completed, the student will need to submit his or her answers by following these steps:

  1. After the last question in a module, the student will see FINISH ATTEMPT at the bottom of the page. The student should click on FINISH ATTEMPT.
  2. The next page shows whether all the questions has been answered. This enables the student to verify that every question has been answered. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click SUBMIT ALL AND FINISH to submit the answers.
  3. The student will get a pop-up confirmation. The student needs to click SUBMIT ALL AND FINISH. Once the student clicks submit this final time, answers can no longer be changed.

It’s important that the student follows these three steps because if he or she simply clicks “Finish Attempt” (Step 1), answers will not be taken into account in the reporting. 

  1. In order to proceed to the next lesson, the student needs to score 80% correct or higher.

Reporting: Assessment Results and Lesson "Grades"

Teachers can access the assessment and lesson scores for their class in the Grades section of the program. First, go to the module for which you want to view the student reporting.

Note: A module must be selected before you can click on the Grades button. In this example, we are in the ELD 1 Entry Assessment area of the program because we want to see the assessment scores. If you want to see scores for a particular lesson bucket (e.g., Language Function and Construction), you need to go to that module first and then click on Grades.

  • From within the ELD 1 Entry Assessment module, select Grades from the left-hand menu.

The first tab you see will be the “Grader Report”.  On this tab, you will see the list of students in your class and the scores they received (out of 100%)  for each of the three language skills buckets: Foundational Literacy Skills, Collaborative Listening & Speaking, and Language Function & Construction.

The left column under each bucket will be the Entry Assessment scores, the middle column will be the scores for the Exit Assessment, and the last column (total) is the percentage improvement between the Entry and Assessment scores, which indicates growth.

You can drill down to get more detail about a particular student’s performance in an assessment area. Click on the magnifying glass next to the score. You'll be taken to a page similar to the one below. On the right-hand "Quiz Navigation" menu, you'll see which of the questions were answered incorrectly as indicated by a red stripe.

You'll also see when this assessment was started and completed.

Note: "Time taken" refers to the total time logged into the program, and may not be the amount of time that the student has spent actively working on the assessment or lesson.

 

Teacher Resources: Downloadable Activities/Lesson Progress Monitoring

The Teacher Resources section is where you can find downloadable instructional routines, activity sheets, and useful course planning tools. The downloadables can be used for whole-class or small group instruction, frontloading new concepts, or intervention.

Note:  For the ELD 2 Level program, the student “activity sheets” are not in the PDFs but are online. They can be found under their corresponding lesson and are labeled Practice Assignments. The students’ completed work is not graded by the system, but they are saved and viewable by the teacher.

Click on the Teacher Resources button at the bottom of the left-hand menu to get to this resource page.

The Teacher Resource page also features links to useful reports that let you monitor how students are progressing and also if intervention may be needed.

The Lesson Completion report shows which lessons have been completed by your students with a score of 80% or higher. Check to see if any students are falling behind lesson completion goals.

The Lesson Attempts report shows if any student required 3 or more attempts to complete a lesson. This would be a good indicator if intervention is needed with a student on a particular language skill or function.